Search Results: "Agatha Christie"


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AGATHA CHRISTIE by John Curran
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Not a book to read in one sitting, but one to love: a sumptuous buffet for fans who wish the Queen of Crime had lived forever."
Following Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks (2009), which scrutinized the early stages of some two-dozen novels by the legendary mystery novelist, Christie expert Curran returns to exhume and analyze selected entries from her 73 notebooks dealing with dozens of other novels and stories. Read full book review >

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AGATHA CHRISTIE AND THE ELEVEN MISSING DAYS by Jared Cade
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Ardent fans may be enthralled; she would be appalled. (31 b&w photos)"
A sympathetic biography of the celebrated mystery writer that focuses on her strange disappearance in 1926. Read full book review >

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IN THE SHADOW OF AGATHA CHRISTIE by Leslie S. Klinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Less notable for its individual stories than for the revised narrative they support that shows Victorian women actively working the field long before Miss Marple."
Veteran anthologist Klinger's fondness for shadows (In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe, 2015, etc.) leads him to a bit of overreaching: none of the 17 authors showcased here toiled in Christie's shadow, because their stories all appeared between 1850 and 1917, before Christie had published a word. Read full book review >

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AGATHA by Anna Pignataro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Though it's certainly well-meaning, it lacks the wit that brings such schoolroom dramas as Kevin Henkes' and Peter McCarty's alive. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Even in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals of all sorts, Agatha stands out. Read full book review >

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BLACK COFFEE by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Still, the country-house atmosphere is suitably genteel, and the story holds its own with Christie's undistinguished contemporaneous novels—The Mystery of the Blue Train, The Seven Dials Mystery, and The Murder at the Vicarage."
A brand-new Agatha Christie novel based on material nearly 70 years old. Read full book review >

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AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 1939

"Grand suspense, a unique trick, expertly handled."
This ran in the S.E.P. and resulted in more demands for the story in book form than ever recorded. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 2, 1985

"And if none of these puzzles offers the most dazzling Christie short-story craft or the most memorable Marple portraiture, all of them feature solid plotting, crisp narration, and regular dollops of English-village charm (starkly shaded by Miss M.'s no-nonsense view of human nature)."
Don't look for any unfamiliar gems or juicy rediscoveries in this gathering of 20 stories featuring Christie's #2 star, Miss Marple of St. Read full book review >

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SPIES AMONG US by Agatha Christie
Released: July 22, 1968

"The latter is a work of involuted art and all three are a cliff-hanger-on's delight."
A tantalizing triptych by the master mystress reissued here: They Came to Baghdad introduces charming Victoria Jones who unwittingly prevaricates her way into a nest of would-be monarchs planning to rise like phoenixes on the ashes of a dead world; N or M? features a husband and wife team trying to ferret out a Nazi "Fifth Column" of British traitors during World War II. . . and finally Murder in Mesopotamia finds Hercules Poirot continuing an auspicious career by solving the murder of a woman who had been receiving threatened letters from a dead (?) husband. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 1965

"Smooth and very feminine."
Some of us are hoping for a reincarnation of Hercule Poirot-but not yet. Read full book review >

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DEAD MAN'S MIRROR by Agatha Christie
Released: June 22, 1937

"But Agatha Christie's name means turnover, so don't pass it over."
Long short stories — four of them:- Triangle at Rhodes, Murder in the Mews, The Incredible Theft, and the title story. Read full book review >

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Released: June 30, 1936

"Introductory letter from the famous detective to Mr. Dodd Should be good merchandise — a plus sale."
Omnibus volume containing The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Murder in the Calais Coach and Thirteen At Dinner. Read full book review >

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ENDLESS NIGHT by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 18, 1968

"In fact Endless Night's a perfect evening's entertainment for all ages."
Once upon a time now there was a young man who was waiting for something to happen. . . who had a dream of a house. . . a perfect house. . . with a girl, a poor little rich girl, who made it come true. . . for a little while before she died. . . and this fairy tale, this unhappily ever after fairy tale, is a very different kind of story from the doyenne of the form. Read full book review >